Motorcycles, coaches, buses, caravans, long and large vehicles

Parking for motorcycles

Motorcycles without side cars, can park free of charge in any motorcycle parking place in the city centre. These spaces are marked with 'Solo M/Cs Only'.

You can park in pay and display and shared bays if you purchase a parking ticket. If you buy a ticket please display it securely to your vehicle. You can also use RingGo to pay for parking without displaying a ticket.

Motorcycles can park free of charge in pay and display or shared use parking places outside the city centre, (Extended Zones N1-N8 and S1-S4). Use our interactive parking map to find these outer zones around the city.

Download a list of motorcycle bays (PDF - 18 KB)

Motorcycle parking permits

If you own a motorcycle and live in the controlled parking zone, you can apply for a free residents' permit to park in permit holder parking places in your zone.


You can find coach parking on Regent Road, Johnston Terrace and Inverleith Place and costs £8.80 per hour. In Regent Road and Johnston Terrace controls operates from 8.30am to 6.30pm, Monday to Saturday and Sundays 12.30pm to 6.30pm. In Inverleith Place controls operate Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. 

Coaches cannot park in pay and display bays. You can also use RingGo to pay for coach parking. There is a contactless payment machine available to pay for coach parking in Johnston Terrace. 


If your vehicle holds 12 or less people and can fit in a normal parking bay then you can park in public parking spaces. 

Long and large vehicles

Vehicles should fit their wheels within the markings of the bay they are parked in otherwise they may receive a parking ticket. If the wheels do not fit then drivers should consider using a yellow line for loading and loading activities that will take 30 minutes or less. If more time is needed you can apply for a dispensation.

Private off street car parks are also available.

It is only in zones 1 to 4 that the bays are individually marked, in all other zones they are not. This means long/large vehicles can park fully in bays in zone 5 to 8 and those with the prefix S, N and B.

Trades permits can be used for parking free of charge in public parking and shared use parking places without any time restriction and in residents’ parking places between the hours of 9am and 4.30pm Monday to Saturday and 12.30pm to 4.30pm on Sundays in all of Edinburgh’s controlled parking zones.

Caravans and trailers

There are no spaces in the city centre for vehicles with caravans or trailers. A parking ticket can be issued to vehicles parking in public parking places whilst towing a trailer.

Idling vehicles

If you turn your engine off while your vehicle is not moving you will help to make Edinburgh a healthier, cleaner city. Street Enforcement Officers can issue a Fixed Penalty Notice of £20 or report a driver to the Procurator Fiscal if they don't switch off their engine when asked to.

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